Last week, New York Fashion Week proved that fashion doesn’t have to always be one era in time. This fall season, channel your inner vintage self by taking inspirations from yesteryear. Whether you’re feeling the 70’s, 20’s or even the 90’s, you can make it work no matter what the day or decade.

1920’s: Chris Benz. I had a hard time picking between several designers channeling the 20’s. (See also Ralph Lauren and Donna Karan.) Chris Benz’s collection wins it over here with flowing silks, the perfect flapper hemlines and touches of fur and of course hats. Tip: Layer your silk tops over your silk dresses to create an illusion of a layered flapper-like dress.

1950’s: Marc Jacobs. The 50’s were so much more than just poodle skirts. They were a time of elegance, class and structured lady-like separates. Marc Jacobs makes it modern with velvet and lace prints, but keeps the silhouette right on the 50’s point. Tip: Give yourself that 50’s hourglass shape by tucking more voluminous tops into hip-hugging skirts. Add belt if necessary.

1960’s: Calvin Klein. Long for the days of mod, miniskirts and Twiggy? Look no further, Francisco Costa of Calvin Klein the king of minimalist chic does it again. Zippered-front tops, mod-blocked mini dresses revamp themselves for Fall ’11 through materials like leather and lurex. Tip: Keep your 60’s vibe modern by sticking to one color shade for your dress, shoes and purse. Nothing is chicer than a woman in all grey or white-clad!

1990’s: L.A.M.B. Nothing explains 90’s fashion quite as well as Clueless and L.A.M.B.’s plaid fueled show. White shirt with tie, matching menswear inspired separates, sweater-vests, check check check. Tip: Think Gossip Girl meets rock-and-roll by looking for pieces with leather, zippers or accessorize with your Top Gun aviators (oops, that was the late 80’s!)

And if you’re still loving spring’s 70’s inspirations like myself, be sure to check out Marc by Marc Jacobs, Halston and Michael Kors for your fall fix.


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